Heavy snow causes travel chaos – the latest on the A1, A19, rail and flights at Newcastle Airport
Heavy snow and treacherous driving conditions has lead to a morning of disruption to North East travel networks.
The Met Office has warned people across the region to ‘be prepared’ for snow showers throughout the morning, with an amber alert in place until 11am.
An additional warning says we can expect further snow accumulations through the rest of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with some exposed areas forecast to receive a foot of snow.
A chief forecaster added: “Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow and severe wind chill, while lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near coasts.
“There is the likelihood of travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”
Overturned lorry on the A1231 near Washington affecting traffic heading from the A1 towards Sunderland (Cleared: There is damage to the barriers but all lanes re-opened about 6.20am.)
(Image: Northumbria Police)
A tractor left the A19 carriageway and ended up in the embankment with its trailer hanging on to the carriageway at Crathorne, near Yarm.
The A68 closed in both directions at Rowley Bank – a lorry is involved in a crash between A692 Consett Road, Church Street (Rowley) and the B6296 (Satley).
Due to an issue on the route, the Go North East service X71 due to depart Consett at 6.13 am isn’t running
Tyne and Wear Metro said their first trains have started their journeys with no reported issues, but just before 6am, announced there had been a points failure at Pelaw.
Two British Airways flights cancelled so far at Newcastle Airport today – the 6.40pm which was due to arrive from London Heathrow and the flight scheduled to depart from Newcastle to Heathrow at 7.30pm.